The Humane Earth Foundation, which has long been working towards seed preservation, is launching an *AWARD* to reward original vegetable creations made by home gardeners or professional vegetable growers.
The Foundation is much attached to the conservation of old varieties and to their further improvement, but it also believes it is now time to freely create new varieties, at the heart of cultural, climatic, agronomic culinary or economic changes borne in our times.
We are hereby referring to free, original, organic creations, made to satisfy the most demanding cooks, the most professional vegetable growers or the most fanciful gardeners.
This contest, which will take place during the year 2015, at the European level, will be rewarded with :
* one 5,000 euros award for professional vegetable growers
* one 3,000 euros award for home gardeners
All details related to those awards and how to participate are available on the website http://freebreeding.org
*WE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD PASS ON THIS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE IN YOUR NETWORKS*
The European Commission formally published the announcement of the withdrawal of the seed law proposal today. This is good news. This means it cannot come back without a new public consultation and a new redrafting of the proposal, which would likely take a year or more.
The documentary SEED ACT tells a story through the lives and actions of people that everyday endeavour to preserve and defend our bio-cultural heritage – our farm seeds. Wandering at the edges of society in several European countries, told in at least 5 languages, this film opens a window onto the threats that seeds and their guardians face and on the ways to counter the assault, through inspired and collaborative work that is rooted in Nature and in the respect for life.
SEED ACT is more than a film, it is the testimony of people that are actively engaged in the defence of food and seed sovereignty and that have united to tell this story. It is also intended to be a tool for awareness raising and an inspiration for civic engagement. As such, we will make it available online in chapter format (separate acts) and offer it to groups that are active in food and seed sovereignty advocacy.
In order to finish the film, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign on a platform for independent projects – Indiegogo. This way we hope to raise 15.000 euros, half of what we estimate the film will cost us in these last phases of editing, launching and promoting. The funds will allow us to acquire the necessary equipment and hire professionals for video and sound editing, a task that could take as long as 3 months full-time. Until now we have managed to rely on volunteers, who have each given several days of their services and even lent us their equipment, but for such an intensive and longer term phase we can’t expect professionals to work for free.
“A touching and spiritual film that will no doubt encourage discussion
about the future of agriculture…” Yes! Magazine
“Seeds are profound, holy, beautiful, and generous. Meet the seeds and
the inspired heroes who love and protect them in this marvelous film
journey.” Jeffrey M. Smith, Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology
“I really loved this film. It unlocks the door to the magical, powerful, and perilous world of seeds. It will open hearts and minds. I hope everyone sees it.” Claire Hope Cummings, award winning author of: ‘Uncertain Peril, Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds’.
“This film is a seed in its own right and can play a seminal role in planting ideas that bring together food security, food sovereignty, human rights and the consumer right to know — exactly the “big tent” we need to win this issue.” Wayne Roberts, Former Manager, Toronto Food Policy Council
Hello Gardening Friends–
My 2015 seed list is now posted and can be viewed on and downloaded from my website www.caroldeppe.com. (I’m posting the list instead of sending it as an email attachment so I can update it if we run out of anything.) There are a number of exciting new introductions as well as new listings. We are accepting orders now and will start shipping in mid-February. The ordering deadline is May 31.
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity (Chelsea Green, Jan. 2015) is now available. For a table of contents, reviews, and slide show see www.caroldeppe.com. I ask two favors of you. If you plan to order the book on-line, please order it using my link to the vendor of your choice so I can get a referral fee. If you use my link and the associated discount code and order directly from Chelsea Green, you’ll get 35% off on everything at their website. And you’ll be supporting an independent, employee-owned publisher-the publisher that started specializing in organic and sustainable everything 20 years before it became popular, and that has the most extensive and best list in the field. The second favor I ask: If you like the book, please post a review on Amazon. Even short reviews of just a sentence or two really help. (And I read every one.)
Upcoming speaking events: I’ll be speaking at the February 7 Insights Into Gardening event in Corvallis (OR) on The Eat-All Greens Garden. June 6-7 I’ll be giving four workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany (OR) on The Eat-all Greens Garden, The Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, Gardening in an Era of Wild Weather and Climate Change, and Growing Your Own Cornbread, Polenta, and (all-corn) Pancakes, Cakes, and Cookies. I’ll also be speaking at the Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene (OR) in August.
Please pass this announcement along to your garden list and to anyone else you think might be interested.
Wishing you a great 2015 gardening season,